SMILE Eye Surgery

It was announced yesterdey (September 28, 2017) that doctors have performed over 1 million procedures of laser vision correction surgery using Zeiss’s SMILE refractive technology worldwide!

ReLEx SMILE is now being performed across the globe by over 1,300 surgeons (in more than 65 countries) with patients reporting high satisfaction with the results of this very minimally invasive procedure.

Here at Slade & Baker, we are proud to have been one the first to bring SMILE to the US market through being a clinical trial site. Read about us being the first here!

Laser vision correction is best when your surgeon offers all the different modalities, since this allows the most personalized procedure choice for your eyes. Discount LASIK centers are unlikely to offer all the different options, and they may even use a metal blade for flap creation instead of modern, All-LASER LASIK. If you want to review all the different methods of vision correction with our doctors, we’ll take the time to examine and explain which would be the best fit for your eyes and visual needs.

More about SMILE…
During a ReLEx SMILE minimally invasive eye surgery procedure, doctors correct patients’ refractive errors using the VisuMax femtosecond laser. With the laser, surgeons create a thin disc-shaped lenticule within the cornea which is then removed through a small incision on the surface of the cornea, also created by the laser, thereby achieving the desired vision correction. SMILE is a minimally invasive procedure, adding to the great choices for laser vision correction that surgeons already have. It requires only one laser to perform the entire treatment, and due to the small incision it leaves the outer corneal layer largely intact, thus potentially contributing to the cornea’s stability after surgery – both biomechanical and refractive – and to fast visual recovery.

“This one-millionth SMILE procedure represents not only a major milestone for refractive technology, it represents the dedication of surgeons around the world in advancing ophthalmic care for their patients,” Dr. Ludwin Monz, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec, said in the news release. “We are pleased that so many patients around the world have been able to benefit from Zeiss’ technology and that Zeiss continues to support doctors with innovations to help them improve their patients’ vision and quality of life.”

To read the article announcing the 1 million surgery mark, click here!

To learn more about the FDA’s approval of SMILE, read our blog about it!

To come in and schedule an evaluation at Slade & Baker to see if you are a candidate for SMILE or any other LASIK procedure option, call us today at 713-626-5544!